Where to start... We've had chickens in the city for awhile now, and we checked the city code before we got them. The city code states: 5.05.025 Livestock and Poultry. Except for household pets and as otherwise permitted by the Code or other City ordinance, no person shall keep or maintain livestock or poultry within the City. We read this to say that if they chickens were our pets, and not for other uses, they would be fine to have. Chickens kept solely for production, etc aren't housed in coups that cost over $1000 to build (for 4 chickens). We just received a letter (due to a neighbor that has nothing better to do apparently) from the city demanding we remove them or face citation. They were so nice to give us less than 2 weeks to do so (well, 2 weeks from the date that they wrote the letter...) I spoke with the city code person and they stated more or less that chickens are not allowed since chickens don't live indoors (note the code states "household pets") and I have no recourse to appeal with the city. They (they being one person, apparently the buck stops with that one person) told me the only thing I can do is take the citation and contest it in court. I don't understand why I can't take it to court BEFORE I get fined, but I'm not claiming to be judiciously-inclined... They gave me an example of when it's OK to keep livestock in city limits - someone they knew owned and kept inside, their pot-bellied pig. They said it was OK since it lived inside... I WONDER, If we attach the coup to the side of our house, and build a door or sorts to join the two, would they consider my chickens to be "living indoors".... None of this makes sense to me BTW, thus my babbling... I can't believe we have to face the possibility of giving up these feathered friends (PETS) of ours! If you're from the area and haven't seen it on the news recently, the city planning commission met a little while ago to discuss potentially legalizing chickens like Portland has done. (I also heard through rumors that the city actually has no intention of legalizing chickens, and the meetings are only to satisfy griping citizens...whatever) They decided to postpone any more public meetings about it until the city can do more "research". The current city code is so unclear, I don't see how this one person is able to enforce it without prejudice. And to think, I'm only 200 or so yards from the Beaverton boundary with Aloha...201 yards to the west and I would be able to keep my birds!! How frustrating! Power to the chickens!